Last Monday I posted a pin I saved, that’s been re-pinned many, many times. It was about making paper beads. I decided to give it a go! Now, I didn’t really follow any of the instructions on that pin. I just winged it! That’s just how I am about some things. I’ve worked with paper before and have some knowledge about how to bend it to my will, so to say! I did still learn some things in my venture!
- Tapered or stacking patterns work best for bead shapes. I tried some in and out shapes and it just looked wonky!
- Using a heavier cardstock is probably not the best idea. It’s really hard to get it to stay stuck together.
- I personally had more fun with the leftover strips than I did making the beads!
That being said, here’s what I used and what I came up with:
- Paper – scrapbook, newspaper, or magazines will work. I use this fancy textured paper from my overly extensive paper collection.
- Modge Podge – This is different than Elmer’s glue because it has a sealer built into it.
- Knitting needle (used for everything but knitting :)) for rolling paper. You could use a pencil or small dowel as well.
- A ruler and pencil for marking out shapes or just free form it!
- Small paintbrush for adding Modge Podge.
I turned my paper over and marked out the shapes I wanted. The two to the far right and the wavy one in the middle are the shapes that did not make the cut. Maybe I should say they didn’t make the “roll” since I did cut them out! I do suggest having the sides straight for about 2″. This helps keep the sides even and gives the bead a good foundation.
Shapes all cut out! The pieces to the right are the strips that were between the shapes.
Roll it up, but first paint the fun side with Modge Podge. You can use a small paint brush or your finger. Believe me, it’s gonna be on your fingers either way!
And voila! Paper beads! If you’re planning on wearing these, I would give them a good coat of acrylic sealer. This will help them last longer.
Now, what to do with those left over strips? I made this:
I’m not quite done playing around with it, so I’ll post a tutorial on how I did it when I’m done. If you’re interested, just let me know by pinning, liking, tweeting, commenting, etc.
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